CFMEU launches advertising campaign about mining boom

THE Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union has launched a TV advertising blitz about Australia's mining boom.

The CFMEU said the campaign was aimed at making the mining boom deliver jobs for Australian workers, greater investment in mining communities and better management of the economy for key sectors such as manufacturing.

The advertisements are part of the CFMEU's "Let's Spread it Around" campaign.

CFMEU said they tell the stories of four real Australians, highlighting growing problems such as mining and construction jobs going to temporary overseas workers and manufacturing jobs disappearing due to the high Australian dollar.

Thirty-five marginal and key battleground seats - including Herbert, Dawson, Capricornia, Fisher and Flynn - are among those being targeted by the ads, with a major focus on regional Australia where the CFMEU has tens of thousands of members employed in mining, manufacturing, construction, forestry, and other affected industries.

 "The latest Immigration Department data reveals that the number of temporary overseas workers employed in trades occupations in Queensland leapt 22% between July and the end of November last year - a jump from 2,540 to 3,100 workers in just five months," CFMEU National Secretary Michael O'Connor said.

"This campaign builds on the CFMEU's work in regional Queensland, such as the fight to stop the closure of Moura Hospital and efforts to address cost of living pressures in the Bowen Basin - such as in Moranbah which last year was Queensland's most expensive town to live in."

For more information on the campaign, go to: www.letsspreaditaround.com.au



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